Internship Reflection, Part 1

This semester I started a virtual internship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, working with the Head of Education and Scholarly Initiatives, Lanisa Kitchiner. After a few preliminary discussions, we have decided to work on a project about to museum’s founder, Warren M. Robbins. The goal is to […]

Module 8 Post

It was really interesting watching these videos and seeing the challenges that other students faced when constructing their projects, especially in how they related to some of my own struggles. The most relatable challenges were the short time frame to produce the projects as well as determining a feasible scope […]

National Parks and New Audiences

Coslett and Chalana focus on two parks in Washington, the WMNHS and the SJINHP. They address both positive elements and areas for improvements. The primary area for improvement was in the interpretation and the need to incorporate multiple viewpoints. This leads into the need to address and uncover the complexities […]

Final Project – Sixth Piece

Over the course of this semester I have had to time to think and rethink aspects of my semester project. This project will continue to focus on women from Colonial Williamsburg. These women were business owners and working women. They worked as tavern keepers, milliners and dressmakers, merchants, and printers. […]

Teaching in the Digital World

I believe that the malleability of the past in digital world makes it easier to teach and engage audience(s) with the past. This is primarily done through making more content readily available, making content accessible, connecting information together, and presentation. The simple act of making primary source documents more available […]

Promote an Accurate Understanding of the Past

The issue of recognizing real versus “alternative” facts has become an increasing problem. However, teaching people about information literacy in a clear and concise manner may help to resolve this problem. Teaching information does not have to be done using a large PDF and check list. Instead, we can try […]

Final Project – Fifth Piece

One of the resources that I will be using in my project is titled “Women Merchants and Milliners in Eighteenth Century Williamsburg” by Eleanor Kelley Cabell that was published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in August 1988. There are several reasons that I chose to use to resource. First and […]

Final Project – Fourth Piece

John S.C. Schaak, Tavern Interior, 1762

One of the images that I have chosen for my final project is a painting by British painter John S.C. Schaak from 1762. While the scene is quite possible set in England it is important to remember the similarities in many aspects between Colonial America and England. The central and […]

Historical Film and Historical Thinking

For a previous assignment on using historical feature films to teach, I considered a hypothetical exhibit on The Age of Imperialism (1870 – 1914) using the feature film The Last Samurai. The themes for this exhibit would show the mindset of Europeans to other cultures, how foreign governments paid Western […]

Has History Teaching Really Changed

It seems that the simple act of remembering facts, dates, and events, as been at the core of history teaching over the decades. The early 20th century saw a heavy focus on testing students’ fact based history knowledge with fairly poor results. Testing over the decades have rarely proved to […]